Danks knows rotation alignment is getting close

Danks knows rotation alignment is getting close

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- John Danks previously has said that he doesn't care where he falls in the White Sox starting rotation behind Opening Day starter Chris Sale. He knows that decision will be coming soon with a little less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training and he understands the factors in the arrangement of the starting five.

"In years past, I know we wanted to break up the lefties," said Danks, who allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings and 74 pitches against the Rangers on Sunday in a 14-8 loss. "I'm a realist. I'm the third lefty in the rotation. I don't have an ego with that. I'm just happy to be healthy and looking to contribute."

White Sox manager Robin Ventura admitted Sunday that he basically knows his starting five, with Jose Quintana, Felipe Paulino and Erik Johnson joining Sale and Danks. But with the White Sox still figuring out their bullpen plans, the one-through-five in the rotation is not yet a priority.

"With Chris going the first day, everything beyond that can change," Ventura said. "Looking at weather, and where we're traveling to. I'm not real concerned about it right now with how that's going to go."

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